Abstract

Citation

Yoder A, Berezowitz C, Hanna E, Schoeller D. Farm to School Activity Tracker as an Accurate and Reliable Measure of Farm to School Programming. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 2017;12(4):481-494.

Abstract

The Farm to School Activity Tracker (F2SAT) allows diverse farm to school (F2S) programs to use a consistent tool for recording and tracking-related activities. Divided into 4 domains—school meals, classroom education, engagement activities, and gardening activities—the F2SAT is an accurate and reliable tool for cross-comparison of F2S program activities. Testing of the F2SAT occurred in 2 phases. The first stage tested accuracy using rankings by expert F2S mangers. The second stage tested interrater reliability as 5 assessors used the tool to measure the same F2S activities. This testing concluded that the F2SAT provides both a common language and form of measurement for practitioners and researchers. Further development of the F2SAT requires a broader pool of practitioners and researchers using the tool and reporting on how accurately and reliably it tracks their F2S activities.

Full Text

The full text is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2016.1227753

At A Glance

Food Environment Variables

# Type of Environment/Institution
16School (K-12)
-Gardens
Measure objective perceived
Availability/Access
Food Group/Type of Food
Fruits and vegetables

Domain(s)

Food Environment

Measure Type

Questionnaire

Measure Availability

Measure included in article

Number of Items

4 Reported

Study location

Small Town/Rural, Not Reported

Wisconsin, USA

Languages

English

Information about Development of Measure

Farm to School Activity Tracker (F2SAT) was developed as a means for F2S programs to record, monitor, and evaluate the activities comprising their programs. The F2SAT was designed by evaluators of F2S programs and by a nonprofit gardening/education specialist with experience implementing F2S programming. Feedback from state and regional F2S leaders helped to refine the tool's simplicity and ease of use.

Study Design

Study Participants

Age

6 - 11 Years

Sex

Female

Male

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic

White

Black/African American

Asian

American Indian/Alaska Native

Multiethnic/racial population (no further detail)

Predominantly Low-income/Low-SES

Yes

Sample Size

16

Study Design

Design Type

Validation/Reliability

Health Outcomes Assessed

None

Obesity Measures

Not applicable

BMI Measured or Self-reported

Not applicable

Covariates

Not available

Data Reported on Race/Ethnicity

Quantitative data on study sample

Data Reported on SES

Quantitative data on study sample

SES-related Variables

Program Participation (e.g., WIC, Free/Reduced School Meals)

How To Use

Administration

Who Administered

Researcher-administered

How Administered

In-person

Time Required

Not reported

Training Required

Not reported

Instructions on Use

Instructions on instrument use included in article

Data Analysis

Data Collection/Analysis Costs

Not reported

Data Collection/Protocol

Activity data were collected in two stages, and included schools (grades three through five) participating in the Wisconsin Farm to School Evaluation. Stage one was during the 2010–2011 academic year and stage two occurred from September through November 2013. In the first stage, data were collected via an online questionnaire and electronically submitted school lunch information from Wisconsin AmeriCorps F2S members and health department staff who worked directly with schools implementing F2S programs. In the second stage, data were collected via a combination of an online questionnaire and supplemental electronic documents.

Instructions on Data Analysis

Instructions on analysis included in article

Validity (1)

Type of validity Construct/subscale assessed Criterion measure used Test/statistic used Result
Criterion Farm to School Activity Tracker, activity domain scores Expert rankings (comprehensive) Spearman rank correlation coefficient r = −0.15, NS to 0.71, p < 0.001

Reliability (1)

Type of reliability Construct/subscale assessed Test/statistic used Result
Inter-rater Farm to School Activity Tracker, activity domain Coefficient of variation (CV) CV = 0.44 to 1.43